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Does Your Underbite Need Fixing?
Posted on 4/15/2019 by Dr. Simon Choyee
It is something that every adolescent fears. They worry about the day they are told they need braces to fix their bite. Underbites and overbites result from many different things. Before deciding to do something about an underbite, it is worth asking what the options are. When is it necessary to fix an underbite and when can you live with the problem? What is an Underbite? Many people confuse the underbite with the overbite. They are both conditions where the teeth are not properly aligned, but they differ in what they look like. In an underbite, the lower jaw protrudes beyond the upper teeth. Because of this, when the mouth is closed, the bottom teeth are in front of the upper teeth. Most people are born with the underbite. It is not something that happens or changes over time. The Need for Dental Treatment It is easy for people to live with a slight overbite. It does not affect the way their mouth and jaw work and for that reason, a minor overbite does not need fixing. An underbite is different. Because it is not able to fix itself, even minor underbites need some type of treatment. If a person does not get treatment for an underbite, they put themselves at risk for complications. Some of the complications from an untreated underbite include: People that do not get their underbite corrected often struggle with a low self-esteem. Straight teeth and a good smile are important in today's world and are a good reason to always fix an underbite. For more information about this or any other oral health issue, contact our office to schedule an appointment....

What Goes Into Removing Impacted Teeth?
Posted on 3/30/2019 by Dr. Simon Choyee
Fear of the dentist is a common problem. There are plenty of people who avoid trips to our dental offices because of the fear. If people avoid going to our dentists, they may end up with bigger problems than they started with. The best weapon against the fear is knowledge. The more a person knows about what will happen when they visit our offices, the easier it is to manage the fear. If they have an impacted tooth, this is what will happen in our offices. Diagnosis Before doing anything, it is important to determine exactly what the problem is. While some may think that all impacted teeth are the same, this is not true. There are four different types of impacted teeth. We diagnose the type of impacted tooth through visual examination and x-rays. This allows us to develop the proper plan for the removal of the impacted tooth. The Dental Procedure Our dentists start the extraction with an incision around the affected tooth and gums. This provides the room needed to remove the tooth. After exposing the tooth. It is pulled out. Stitches can help close the wound left by the extraction That leaves a pocket that we pack with gauze. This can help stop any bleeding and can promote healing. It is important to make sure to follow the aftercare instructions provided. This will help manage any pain or other issues around the surgical site. The stitches typically dissolve on their own, but a follow up visit is still necessary to make sure there are no complications. To learn more about this or any other oral health issue, contact our office to schedule an appointment....

Signs Your Toothache is Likely a Dental Abscess Instead of a Cavity
Posted on 3/20/2019 by Dr. Simon Choyee
It is bad enough to have a toothache. It could mean you have a cavity. You may try to live with the pain before you give in and make a trip to our office for some dental work. But what it is not and instead is a dental abscess. Waiting could lead to serious complications. It is a good idea to learn when a toothache is not a cavity, but is a dental abscess. How a Cavity and Abscess Differ A cavity forms when bacteria turns into plaque and starts to eat away at the tooth. The cavity is a hole in the tooth. Pain from a cavity is not always present. It happens when you put pressure on the affected tooth and is sensitive to temperature. Normally the pain from a cavity is manageable. If the cavity continues to grow it can cause an infection that spreads to the roots of the tooth and to the gums. This infection is the beginning of the abscess. The infection will lead to puss collecting around the tooth and gums. The pain from an abscess is more persistent and is stronger. It is not as easy to manage the pain of an abscess. Signs of an Abscess Like a cavity, a toothache is a sign of an abscess. The difference is the amount of pain and the length of time the pain lasts. Another sign of an abscess is swelling and redness around the gums. A pocket of puss can form in the gums. This feels like a blister on the gums. It is also possible that the abscess will cause bleeding. If a cavity has progressed to this point, it is more likely turned into a dental abscess.If you do see signs that the toothache is more than just a cavity, contact our office to schedule an appointment today....

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